Ignite Galway, October 13th. Want to speak?


091 Labs will be running Ignite Galway for the first time this year on Thursday October 13th @ 9pm in Kelly’s Bar and we’re looking for speakers!

What is Ignite? According to their website, “It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea”.

Each speaker is given 5 minutes and 20 powerpoint slides to talk on a subject they are passionate about. All talks get recorded and put up online later for the rest of the world to watch.

A speaker can be anyone who has a good story to tell, be they artists, chefs, coders, comedians, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, musicians, photographers, students, technologists, thinkers and everything else!

If you (or someone you know) would be interested in giving a talk and spreading an idea or volunteering or sponsoring the event, please email padraic@091labs.com =)

For more info on Ignite, check out http://ignite.oreilly.com/ and http://igniteshow.com/ for videos from other Ignites.

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Ignite Galway comes to 091Labs


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091Labs are thrilled to announce their very own Ignite Galway, happening as a fundraiser for our much loved hackerspace on Friday, the 10th December, at 7pm. Like last time. there will be 13 inventive, courageous speakers, who have generously volunteered to take to the stage to give the audience a 5 minute insight into their wacky and wonderful ideas.

There will be lots of surprises throughout the night as we are determined to entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire you (and we’ll be sure to delight you while we’re at it).

Here are some of last Septembers talks as a reminder of the diversity and quality of the talks on the night.

Building a city, virtually, Gavin Duffy

User experience just doesn’t matter, Mark Conguista

Can great speeches change the world? Naoise Nunn

Tickets will be 5 euro on the door, and you can send an RSVP to ellen@091labs.com to book in advance.

This is the end (of Hackerspace week)


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It was a week of laughter, of tears; a moment in time of great hopes and sorrows. Yes friends, it was Irish Hackerspace Week, a week of celebration and promotion for all of the Irish hackerspaces: Galway’s 091 Labs, Dublin’s TOG, Belfast’s HackNI, Limerick’s Hackerspace, and Hackerspace Cork.

At the end of the week? It was a success. 091 Labs hosted some very popular events; 091 Labs hosted some very unpopular events too. There were some hard lessons learned in the importance of groundwork, communication and coordination during Friday night’s Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz. There were some even harder lessons in promotion and scheduling to be learned from Saturday’s Poetry Smackdown and Sunday’s PC Repair Day. The Poetry Smackdown unintentionally clashed with a similar event elsewhere in Galway City, the quiz fell afoul of open source technology and today’s repair day suffered from an uncomfortable proximity with Sunday morning.

Incidentally: The Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz? We won – 091 Labs won. Our victory was impulsively declared in a moment of grandiose self-acclamation because of a complete breakdown in communications with the other involved Hackerspaces. We were left in a queasy limbo, adrift in time and space and unable to determine if indeed another hackerspace scored more correct answers than us. A hasty quorum was met in which it was decided to bless our article of self-held belief, a theorem that simply reads “why yes, TOG got pwnd,” as an official 091 Labs doctrine.

We won, hoo-hah!

So far I’ve talked about failures, but we had out great successes: Gerry Kavanagh’s Asterisk VOIP PBX setup demonstration, Joe Desbonnet’s household hacking, yesterday’s Art After Noon (Katie, Vivian, etc. – please contact me so I can correctly give credit) and solar powered-robots workshop by David McKeown all brought the boys to the yard the public in the door. I’ve personally come away educated. 091 Labs has come away the wiser and with several new members (shout-out!). TOG has presumably come away pwnd in the aftermath of the quiz.

To all of the organizers of the various events: Thank you! You were the women and men who made Irish Hackerspaces Week a reality at 091 Labs.

To all of the attendees: Thank you! Come again.

Irish Hackerspaces Week


The first annual Irish Hackerspaces Week runs from August 14th – 22nd. It is an opportunity for hackerspaces across the island to showcase innovative projects within their local communities from the fields of Arts, Science and Technology. If you are in Dublin over that week then checkout the TOG timetable of events. Events for Belfast, Cork and Limerick are also in the planning stages. 091 Labs are delighted to announce the following timetable of events. More details on each are available on our events page.

Update: Household Hacking event added. See events page for more details. Social night will be 6.30pm instead of 7pm as usual

Sunday, August 15
6:00pm: Photography! (Mark Grealish)
7:00pm: Short films screening

Monday, August 16
6:00pm  Web development : eroku/cloud computing, sinatra & ruby (Richard Conroy)
7:00pm  Introduction to Linux (Matthew Kolder)

Tuesday, August 17
6:30pm Social Night
8:00pm Household hacking : Consumer goods with computer ports (Joe Desbonnet)

Wednesday, August 18
7:00pm PC Building Workshop (Matthew Kolder)

Thursday, August 19
7:00pm Building an Asterisk PBX (Gerry Kavanagh)

Friday, August 20
11:00am Repurposing an ATX power supply as a bench supply. (Gerry Kavanagh)
6:30pm  Open Licencing, Peer Production and Social Change (Kevin Flanagan)
8:00pm  Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz

Saturday, August 21
1:00pm  Jogo: An explorative design for free play (Emma Creighton)
2:30pm  Robots.ie : Solar powered robots and Make Night (David McKeown)
4:00pm  Art After Noon
7:00pm  Poetry Smackdown

Sunday, August 22
12:00pm PC/Laptop fixing day (Fundraiser)